Rant 88: Interpretation Matters!
Not everyone appreciates being told what to think by interpretation boards in galleries, but if written in the right way, this information can really help a visitor find a way into an artwork. But is the information some galleries give us helpful, or is it just showing off?
Rant 87: The Relentless March of the Academy
Things are not looking too good for arts education at the moment. Former VAGA Director Hilary Gresty sees the absence of the arts from the new Ebacc as just one aspect of a troubled education system.
Rant 86: 'Sorry, we can’t allow dogs in the gallery.'
Most galleries these days are working hard to attract wider audiences and think that the measures they put in place are enough to make them fully inclusive. But are they doing everything they can to accommodate visitors with disabilities? Jon Cronshaw rants against unhelpful invigilators and organisations that don't make concessions for those with visual impairments.
Rant 85: Homegrown talent: who cares?
Axisweb Director Sheila McGregor responds to Landing Place: the local in the international, engage International Conference, by asking if UK galleries are doing their bit to support local artists?
Rant 84: Art care cash
Artists working in the public realm are faced with so many challenges. Projects can be restricted by the amount of money available not to mention the needs of the people involved. If art is a service then who is it serving? Rhiannon Evans grapples with these problems in our latest Rant.
Rant 83: Damien Hirst: Icon or Con-artist?
Damien Hirst has been getting a pretty bad press recently. His show at White Cube got bad reviews and he has become a figure of hate for the Occupy movement. In this Rant Beckie Jones asks if this is really fair and suggests that maybe he's not as bad as all that.
Rant 82 : Time for a new avant-garde
According to artist Chris Short, contemporary art today seems to be stuck in a political rut. He looks back to the Modernist avant-garde in an attempt to highlight where we might be going wrong.
Rant 81: The Simplicity Complex of Moving Images
It is captivating and seductive, but moving image has its own particular difficulties and restrictions. Michael Cousin defends a practice that is often misunderstood and poorly curated.
Rant 80: Just for the record..!
Working from the collection is a common feature in contemporary art. As the documentation and archiving of information and material finds its way into more exhibitions, Brychan Tudor is beginning to feel overwhelmed by too much stuff!
Rant 79: Art School Dropouts
Nicola Dale reflects on her own education and remarks made by prominent artists. She examines the value of a University art education but what are the alternatives?